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National Army Museum

State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
+64 6-387 6911
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Excellent experience

We visited on a wet day, and stayed long after the sun came out. Totally entranced - the museum... read more

Reviewed yesterday
janddp29
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London, United Kingdom
Great way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy day

We visited on a rainy summer's day not really sure what to expect. The displays were excellent and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kiwipippa
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Auckland, New Zealand
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The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.
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State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
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State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
+64 6-387 6911
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited on a wet day, and stayed long after the sun came out. Totally entranced - the museum kept us engaged and entertained for well over two hours, telling the military history of New Zealand. The hall of Remembrance at the entrance is beautiful...More

Thank janddp29
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited on a rainy summer's day not really sure what to expect. The displays were excellent and covered military action from the NZ wars through to Afghanistan. There were a couple of special exhibitions including an excellent photographic display of the tunnels at Arras....More

Thank kiwipippa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Displays are too busy - no overviews to get the gist of what you reading about, so it's difficult to get a reference in your head of when and where the battle/war you are reading about occurred Audio playing constantly when you are trying to...More

Thank travellingwillberez
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are sorry you had such a disappointing experience which is in direct contrast to the rest of feedback we receive. The museum is laid out in chronological order and each gallery has a sign corresponding to the battle or campaign the NZ soldiers fought...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Been in many museums over the years but hats off to those that came up with the concept for this one. Well laid out with excellent displays and info. Well worth a visit on the road to Wellington. Staff were super , friendly and competent....More

Thank JMcK57
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your wonderful feedback.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A real part of NZ's history (although entry fee is $15.00 which is a little steep for a museum). If the history of our army is of interest then this is a must visit with lots of information and facts.

Thank Trina M
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks Trina - glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had been promising our son a visit when we were next passing through. Fantastic place to visit, kids loved the war history. Gave us an insight into what our grandparents went through. Would love to see some recognition of the more recent conflicts and to...More

1  Thank Graeme S
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a camper park in the parking. I use it with my Van who is Self Contained. A Member from the staff came to me and then, without a Hi or a smile, say that I have to use my own toilet otherwise he...More

Thank antoineh375
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have stopped at the museum a few times, and is good to see the changes and new extensions. Very informative and worth stopping at

Thank Waltersj1
Reviewed November 27, 2017

This is defiantly the place to go if you are in the Waiouru region. My wife and I were privileged to be there on Remembrance Sunday and to take part. All the staff are amazing as is the shop and cafe. There is so much...More

2  Thank Bill M
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Thanks for your comments

Reviewed November 14, 2017

This museum complements the displays in Wellington (Te Papa and Sir Peter Jackson's Great War Exhibition at Pukeahu National War Memorial) The exterior of the building is somewhat drab and hopefully the renovations going on inside will not stop there. The displays are thought provoking...More

Thank Kiwiseley
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We are excited to almost be finished the final touches on our new entryway and large temporary Gallery which will open before Christmas with an emotive exhibition on Passchendaele 100 years ago. The newly refurbished Gift Shop and council run iSITE...More

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